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Top 10 Must See Art in Los Angeles

Since my bestselling novel, Oil and Marble: a novel of Leonardo and Michelangelo, is art historical fiction, a lot of fans ask: "What are your favorite pieces of art?" And since I've lived in Los Angeles for over 15 years, people... Continue Reading →

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1 Year on the Road: What I’ve Learned… So Far

One year ago, my husband and I sold our condo in Los Angeles to go on the road. I’d lived in LA for over 15 years. He'd lived there for 25. But we left it all behind—at least for a while—to... Continue Reading →

Art of Los Angeles: 10 Thought-Provoking Shows You Shouldn’t Miss

I love it when something makes me see the world in a new way. I wrote a whole novel trying to change the way people see famous artists -- not as genius legends up on pedestals, but as human beings struggling to... Continue Reading →

Book Soup in Los Angeles

Last night, at Book Soup on Sunset Blvd, I spoke about my debut novel and then signed copies. It was an unreal experience for me; almost too much to believe. When I first moved to Los Angeles 15 years ago, I... Continue Reading →

The Art of Engagement: UCLA’s Hammer Museum

This past weekend, the Hammer Museum at UCLA hosted its annual gala, this year honoring actress Diane Keaton and artist Paul McCarthy. As always, the event attracted a star-studded crowd: Steve Martin, Selma Hayek, Martin Short, Jane Lynch, Julia Roberts... The Hammer's... Continue Reading →

11 Reasons to Visit The Huntington

I'm biased about The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California... You see, the Huntington is my mother's favorite spot in California, so I can't help but love it. And my mother -- as she so often is... Continue Reading →

How to Sound Like an Expert at an Art Exhibit

Matthew Barney's River of Fundament exhibit opened yesterday at MOCA in downtown Los Angeles. Contemporary art enthusiasts will want to see the controversial exhibit and accompanying five-act operatic film. Barney has changed the way we view narrative sculpture by using inventive casting techniques... Continue Reading →

High Art in Hollywood: the Norton Simon

I live and work in Los Angeles, a city known for sunshine, movie stars, blockbuster franchises, and reality TV. It's also a hectic city with nearly 20 million people battling it out on the freeways and Hollywood clamoring for attention... more... Continue Reading →

City or Country: Which is better for writers?

I'm having a bit of a personal crisis. Now that I'm embarking on this new life as a full-time writer, do I stay in the bustling, busy, ambitious city of Los Angeles or move to a quieter place. I didn't know I... Continue Reading →

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